One-third of GPs would work out-of-hours, but only if they receive a pay increase, a survey has revealed.
A further 22% said they would consider working out-of-hours if they were offered similar money to that of private health providers.
The research, which questioned 1,537 GPs, also found that 44% of respondents would not be willing to work out-of-hours.
Vanessa Bourne, head of special projects for The Patients Association, told Tonight: “I think that the figure of one in three is actually very interesting. It suggests that they are unhappy with their out-of-hours provider and it means that they’re not happy GPs, and an unhappy GP doesn’t do the best for his patients.”
Johnson hoped that practices could open, on average, three extra hours a week. However, the British Medical Association (BMA) opposed these plans, complaining that GPs should be offered more money for more hours.
BMA members have since voted overwhelmingly to accept the government’s proposal but expressed their anger over the level of pay on offer.